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The Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1974-02-23

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The Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1974-02-23

Set 1

Around & Around, Dire Wolf, Me And Bobby McGee, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Here Comes Sunshine, Beat It On Down The Line, Ship of Fools, Jack Straw, Deal, Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told

Set 2

Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Stella Blue, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One*-> Eyes Of The World, One More Saturday Night, E: Casey Jones, E: Johnny B. Goode**-> E: We Bid You Good Night

**Second Encore *Slipknot Intro

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat
Lineage Dat (Tascam DA-20) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Set 2 is seamless
-- The Other One has a Slipknot jam in it
-- Thanks to Matt Smith for the patch source
-- Some tunings and beginnings of songs patched
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for the his help pitch correcting the patch source


Reviewer: gr8fuldad73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2016
Subject: 74'winterland
It's a fine show.
Reviewer: kochman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2014
Subject: Holy HCS!
Around x 2 opens up the evening with full audio balance and a nice amount of energy!
Dire begins with some earnest notes, and takes on a slow tempo. The slowness, in this case, is too slow for me.
Bobby McGee brings the tempo back more in line with what I would prefer, solid work...
I was a bit concerned going into Sugaree that the momentum may be lost again, but this is not the case. A fine rendition, best of the year to this point.
HCS is rocking, one of the better tempos the song has maintained, and the jamming is therefore energetic and fantastic... lots of hopping. It's the most driven version of the song I can remember at the moment.
Ship takes an unexpected slot in the first set, and I dig it, as I often do. A rare Jerry instrumental flub at the start of the solo was surprising, and the tempo just isn't quite there. They do pick up the tempo a smidgeon and, more importantly, the energy, by the end.
Jack Straw starts off so slow for a moment I thought it was the intro to LLR, and got depressed. I was happy when the realization it was Straw hit, and it does a nice job on tension/release.
Deal is fun and moves well!
Promised Land>Bertha>GSETGreat trifecta to end a set, wish they had done this more often though it means no PITB in this case. Can't play it EVERY night. Keith starts the Bertha with a run down the piano. I really looked forward to the GSET, and was rather thoroughly let down. It was generally slow, and then Donna let out a terrible extend-o-scream. Ironically, this seems to have pumped up the band. I call it an unacceptable catalyst, I mean, I wouldn't accept wasting ten gallons of gas to start a car.

Row Jimmy
The first meat sequence of two in the second set starts off solemnly. Part 1 has some sloppiness to it, but is largely agreeable. LIG cruises through largely uneventful, with full Bob chords nicely done, and then opens up for the extended jam at the end. The ensuing jam is lengthy and great, a nice tempo for the period (though I prefer the post-retirement tempo). The segue to Stella comes out of a slowdown that Phil pushes, and we have a nice, small meat package ready to be wrapped up. The solo is melodic, and reaches some high points, though it lacks the crash down many enjoy. In the end, that was still a stellar 30 minute ride!
Big River is killer, par for the course. Definitely a great version though, Jerry just runs this one. Very close to X-factor appeal.
Ramble On, Jerry flubs this a bit, lyrically.
MAMU is just what the doctor ordered to usher in the coming meat sequence.
He's Gone>Truckin'>Drums>TOO>Eyes>OMSN
Gone has a nice tempo, but the outro jam is where it's at. Great energy as they explode into it. It slowly grows bluesier and blusier, suggesting that Truckin is coming up next, though they could have gone to TOO pretty easily from where it left off. The opening notes of Truckin' make their appearance, though again a bit more mellowly than I would like. It picks up speed nicely, and the explosion build up is out of control! The post-explosion jam keeps the momentum going for a bit, and then settles back to the bluesy, but still upbeat, Truckin' theme. Perhaps Bob needed a break though, as they take this opportunity to go to a drum solo... The drum solo comes to an end courtesy of Bombardier First Class Phillip Lesh. They basically pick back up where the post-Explosion jam would have gone without the drums solo thrust in the middle. After the verse, about halfway through TOO, they head into a spacy jam that quickly picks up speed and weirdness, thrusting it into hyperspace, where the Tiger lurks. It's an especially weird Tiger, and does the trick before settling back down into deep space. The journey out of this space features a Slipknot! theme, which was an usual and enjoyable turn. After this awesome jam completes we get a triumphant return to the lyrics. Eyes surfaces nicely out of this, but the jam after the first verse markedly slows the momentum. It does pick up, but the damage seem to be done. In the post-2nd verse jam Jerry and Billy do what they can to speed things back up, to good effect, and I'm back in the groove. The third verse jam, which sometimes is where the lack of energy from in this period, actually does a very good job of maintaining the energy they finally built up in the song. Phil is a big part of that, putting in some great work in this particular passage, and again heads into a Slipknot! like theme.
Casey Jones


Performance Summary
The first set is blessed with the rocking opener, one of the best HCS's I've heard, and a nice Deal. However, there are some serious slow downs that kill some momentum. The 2nd set is better, but again sometimes overly mellow without being magically mellow. I enjoyed the show a lot, but there are certainly better from 74!

Sound Quality
A+, about as good as it is going to get from back in 1974! Another Miller Masterpiece.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2014
Subject: Not a drop on me...
Really good sound.
You can really follow what each player is bringing to the table. (refer-Bertha > Greatest)
Pretty well reviewed and when it is all said and done this hometown show was surely a blast live!
2nd set opens--- Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite> Stella Blue--How mellow is that.
"As he dances the circular track of the plow ever knowing that the work of his days measures more than the planting and growing"
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2013
Subject: This
top tier '74 show features Jerry in a good space.
Reviewer: serpentale - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2013
Subject: Sorry, but I'm gonna vent... a bit...
There's, at least, one other reviewer of this show that felt the need to frickin' drool all over 6-22-73, which is, for the most part and in my opinion, a rather tired(not mellow!) and sloppy performance, while effectively down-playing this rock-solid, gorgeous display of musicalness. Grateful Dead fans are something else, indeed! It's truly amazing to me how (so often) The Grateful Dead is praised for it's mistakes while being ignored or missed entirely for their successes... Quite honestly, it's baffling!
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2013
Subject: Promised Keys
I thought Keith was gonna kill that piano in Promised Land! On fire!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2013
Subject: --
Set 1 has some memorable moments, but not too much that stands out - Jerry's Dire Wolf, Sugaree, and especially that groove-a-licious Here Comes Sunshine are worth your time, for sure. Rest of the set is rather take-it-or-leave it for '74.

Set 2 comes off wonderfully, save Jer's blown lyrics in Ramble on Rose...Row Jimmy is spectacularly slow and spacey, but the suite here is where you're really going to find gold - Other One goes through a delirium of different movements, and that Eyes is so perfectly and beautifully solid - you'll be hard-pressed to not get up and shake a bit with this one.
Reviewer: 10ACKen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2012
Subject: Solid Jam
Did anyone notice that between He's Gone and Saturday Night there's over an hour of solid, straight playing? Incredible how the Dead did that. They really set the bar for all other bands. Granted, some bands don't play like that, but to be able to flow like that through your set is, in my mind, something to be strived for.
Reviewer: steve2973 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2012
Subject: Fantastic show
This was my fourth Dead show, and the best of all the ones I ever attended. Didn't make it the night before or the night after - the streams of those shows sound pretty damn good, too.

BTW, the full Wall of Sound debuted a month later at the Cow Palace (Dick's Picks vol. 24), a show that was billed as "The Sound Check of the Grateful Dead." This show may have had a smaller version of it.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2012
Subject: Pretty darn good.
The weather report suite and He's Gone thru Eyes are excellent. Not as fantastic as later '74 shows, but great all the same.
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2012
Subject: Pretty damn nice
There are some really nice nuggets in this show. Of course the first thing that should be mentioned is the clarity. This is another shining example of how the boys in the 70's had a better grip on mixing/recording than they did all throughout the 80's. Of course if i am not mistaken, this show would have been from the Wall Of Sound era which is going to give a better sound.

Here Comes Sunshine is the first song to really catch me. Very well played, fantastic jamming and vocals are all great. The Weather Report is really nice, and the Stella Blue sounds awfully similar to the So Many Roads box set version- this is just as sweet. Also a rare second set Big River. Just all around a very good show - very solid - and excellent sound. Since there was only one other poster concerning this particular recording asking why no one else has commented on this lil' gem, I had to jump in. This is a great listen and shouldn't be passed up.
Reviewer: amishman0002 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2011
Subject: Awesome...
You have probably already heard about this show, but this is (IMHO) the best version. Five for the show & sound. I'm just not understanding why more people aren't reviewing these shows. You are simply the best at what you do Mr. Miller.
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